Details

Title

Beach and Rocks

Artist/Maker

Thomas Worthington Whittredge (American, 1820–1910)

Date

1870–1880

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

14 1/2 x 21 7/8 inches

Credit

Gift of the West Foundation in honor of Gudmund Vigtel and Michael E. Shapiro

Accession #

2010.53

On View

Currently not on view

Thomas Whittredge likely painted this work while visiting Newport, Rhode Island, a popular spot for well-heeled tourists. Beach and Rocks is a contemplative piece that alludes in format to the quiet landscapes of Whittredge’s friends, such as John Kensett and Sanford Gifford. Whittredge selected an overcast day for this startlingly spare composition. Fine grains of sand embedded in the paint suggest that Whittredge likely painted at least part of the scene on site, unlike his more measured studio compositions.

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